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Douglas County Historical Society

at Historic Fort Omaha
30th & Fort Streets

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5730 N. 30 St, #11B Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402-455-9990
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General Crook House
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10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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July 27
Reader's Circle
Noon
General Crook House Museum

DCHS is pleased to announce Reader's Circle, which will focus on authors and historical content from Douglas County. This month's meeting will be on July 27 at Noon at the Crook House Museum.

This month's book will be The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball at the '68 Racial Divide by Steve Marantz.

In the spring of 1968, the Omaha Central High School basketball team made history with its first all-black starting lineup. Their nickname, The Rhythm Boys, captured who they were and what they did on the court. Led by star center Dwaine Dillard, the Rhythm Boys were a shoo-in to win the state championship. But something happened on their way to glory. In early March, segregationist George Wallace, in a third-party presidential bid, made a campaign stop in Omaha. By the time he left town, Dillard was in jail, his coach was caught between angry political factions, and the city teetered on the edge of racial violence. So began the Nebraska state high school basketball tournament the next day, caught in the vise of history. The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central tells a true story about high school basketball, black awakening and rebellion, and innocence lost in a watershed year. The drama of civil rights in 1968 plays out in this riveting social history of sports, politics, race, and popular culture in the American heartland.

If you are interested in participating in the Reader's Circle, please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email members@douglascohistory.org for reservations. Cost to participate is $5 for members and $10 for non members. Special thanks to our sponsor Duggars Cafe who will be providing treats for participants.

August 4 - 7
Annual Garage Sale
720 N 114th Street
Miracle Hills Plaza

This year’s annual community-wide garage sale, hosted by Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS), is expected to be the largest one yet offered. The DCHS garage sale will run from August 4 – 6, located at 720 N 114th St, northwest of 114th and Dodge next to Miracle Hills Animal Hospital. The garage sale will be open on August 4-5 from 9am – 7pm and August 6 – 7 from 10am – 4pm.

The inventory of the donated items will include the following categories: collectibles, antiques, toys, designer and vintage clothing, books, records, jewelry, furniture, glassware, china, exercise, seasonal, art, dolls, and sports, along with many more. The DCHS garage sale is known for affordable price points with the vast majority of offerings coming below $25.

Public donations are highly encouraged and those interested in donating items can report to the sale space on Saturday, July 16 from 10am – 4 pm. You can also drop off items during the general donation period running from July 25 – June 29 and August 1 – 2 from 10am – 4pm. Items that will not be accepted include: cribs, tube TV’s, sofas, and mattresses.

August 14
Vintage Wheels at the Fort
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Historic Fort Omaha

Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 14th and join Douglas County Historical Society at our 4th annual Vintage Wheels at The Fort running 10am – 3pm. DCHS is proud to be partnering with the Meadowlark Model A Ford Club and Baxter Ford to bring you another year of showcasing automobile history at Fort Omaha.

Featuring pre-1965 cars, this FREE event is meant to be fun for the whole family. Last year’s event welcomed over 70 vehicles to the Fort and this year’s event is expected to draw an even bigger and more diverse crowd of classic cars.

Transport yourself through time with rides around The Fort in a variety of vintage vehicles including: Model As, Model Ts, and many more. The chance to engage with automobile history like this doesn’t come often, so don’t miss your opportunity to step back into time. In addition to the cars, there will plenty of other activities to enjoy throughout the day.

Entertainment will be provided with performances by the 1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band, Ed Svoboda’s Red Raven Orchestra, Humanities Nebraska's Helen Waring-Johnson and the “Craoi na Tire” Irish Dancers. There will also be fun crafts for the whole family including patriotic pinwheels and an automobile assembly line to take home your own crafted car.

The General Crook House Museum will be offering FREE admission to encourage visitors to visit the new interactive exhibit, Big Noise in the Heartland: Omaha Broadcasting. The Meadowlark Model A Ford Club will have lunch, drinks, and snacks available for purchase.

August 24
Reader's Circle
Noon
General Crook House Museum

DCHS is pleased to announce Reader's Circle, which will focus on authors and historical content from Douglas County. This month's meeting will be on August 24 at Noon at the Crook House Museum.

This month's book will be, The Middle Five: Indian Schoolboys of the Omaha Tribe, by Franics La Flesche.

The Middle Fives, first published in 1900, is an account of Francis La Flesche's life as a student in a Presbyterian mission school in northeastern Nebraska about the time of the Civil War. It is a simple, affecting tale of young Indian boys midway between two cultures, reluctant to abandon the ways of their fathers, and puzzled and uncomfortable in their new roles of "make-believe-white-men."

The ambition of the Indian parents for their children, the struggle of the teachers to acquaint their charges with a new world of learning, and especially the problems met by both parents and teachers in controlling and directing schoolboy exuberance contribute to the authenticity of this portrait of the "Universal Boy," to whom La Flesche dedicated his book.

Regarded by anthropologists as a classic of Native American literature, it is one of those rare books that are valued by the specialist as authentic sources of information about Indian culture and yet can be recommended wholeheartedly to the general reader.

If you are interested in participating in the Reader's Circle, please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email members@douglascohistory.org for reservations. Cost to participate is $5 for members and $10 for non members. Special thanks to our sponsor Duggars Cafe who will be providing treats for participants.